Tuesday, I was out running 5 x 1 mile. Just as I hoped each mile went a little better. I could feel the sluggishness in my legs but still felt like pushing.
Thursday evening, I headed out the Whitewater Center for their River Jam 6 mile trail race. First up, I ran 8 miles on the trails and the returned just in time to get my bib and get to the starting line. My goal was to run around 40 minutes. I ran 40:21 so mission accomplished. Finishing 5 overall wasn’t bad either. I have never fancied myself a great trail runner. In fact, I don’t really think of myself as a trail runner at all. But there are days when getting away from the asphalt and concrete as most welcome.
Now, I am on to Sunday morning and my long run.
Months had passed since Megan and I had last run together. We were joined by a relatively newbie to Charlotte – Emily. Having a new runner in the mix is a good thing. They always have so many good stories to tell and nothing passes the time on a long run like a good story.
Back to my long run, I started off with an 8 mile run before sun started to rise. Then, I met Megan and Emily. We did probably another 16 together before Emily headed back. Megan and I finished out her 20 and my 28.
Every time that I put this 28 miler on my schedule I have to remind myself why I do it.
Running a marathon is not easy under any conditions. Running 28 miles with the temperature climbing from the 70s into the 80s makes it even more difficult.
But, once I complete it, I know that I am ready to run a marathon. The question is no longer the distance but how fast.
In three weeks, I will know the answer.
Sharing one thought at time,
The Cool Down Runner